2 Chronicles 21* The wicked reign of Jehoram. (1-11) Jehoram's miserable end.(12-20)1-11 Jehoram hated his brethren, and slew them, for the samereason that Cain hated Abel, and slew him, because their pietycondemned his impiety. In the mystery of Providence such mensometimes prosper for a time; but the Lord has righteouspurposes in permitting such events, part of which may now bemade out, and the rest will be seen hereafter. 12-20 A warning from God was sent to Jehoram. The Spirit ofprophecy might direct Elijah to prepare this writing in theforesight of Jehoram's crimes. He is plainly told that his sinshould certainly ruin him. But no marvel that sinners are notfrightened from sin, and to repentance, by the threatenings ofmisery in another world, when the certainty of misery in thisworld, the sinking of their estates, and the ruin of theirhealth, will not restrain them from vicious courses. See Jehoramhere stripped of all his comforts. Thus God plainly showed thatthe controversy was with him, and his house. He had slain allhis brethren to strengthen himself; now, all his sons are slainbut one. David's house must not be wholly destroyed, like thoseof Israel's kings, because a blessing was in it; that of theMessiah. Good men may be afflicted with diseases; but to themthey are fatherly chastisements, and by the support of Divineconsolations the soul may dwell at ease, even when the body liesin pain. To be sick and poor, sick and solitary, but especiallyto be sick and in sin, sick and under the curse of God, sick andwithout grace to bear it, is a most deplorable case. Wickednessand profaneness make men despicable, even in the eyes of thosewho have but little religion.
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